Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday's Words to Inspire: Observations

Today's words come from Melody Beattie from her book, Journey to the Heart. She speaks in a broad sense, and you can take these words in the same broad sense. However, I like to reflect on this passage for those times I'm "stuck" in my writing. 

"Watch yourself. That's not a grim admonition. It's a call to observe yourself...

When you get stuck in a behavior, stuck in a pattern, stuck in a place, a thought, a feeling, a job, or a relationship you don't know how to get unstuck, watch yourself. When you've tried everything you know and your feelings and old ways of reacting still come to the fore - even when you don't want them to and especially when you've made an effort to do things differently - watch yourself. When it feels hopeless, when it seems things will never change or shift, when you can't help yourself and it doesn't look like those around you can either, look at yourself. 

The act of watching ourselves, neutrally observing ourselves without judgement or reproach, can be a powerful tool for change. If you've tried and tried to change but it hasn't worked, then watch yourself. Watch what you say, what you think, how you feel, how you act, how you react. Don't try to stop yourself. Don't judge. Just observe..."

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